Young people in Colorado come together to have an honest conversation about their mental health in today’s world. The discussion will address anxiety and depression, suicide and the ways social media and peer pressure can impact mental health. It will also highlight strategies from Camille Harding from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health – what every adult should know when talking to children, teens and young adults about mental health.
Please remember that the information shared here is general guidance and not meant to replace information from your personal mental health provider. If you need to talk to someone right away, call the Colorado Crisis Services Hotline at 844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.
This podcast is a production of FOX31 & Channel 2, in cooperation with COACT Colorado which sponsored this series.
Episode 1: The Colorado Kid Experience
Colorado youth discuss the specific mental health problems and challenges they deal with every day. The group talks about the types of things that can lead to anxiety and depression, and how suicide is an important topic for all adults with children in their lives.
Episode 2: Sharing Strategies That Work
Colorado youth discuss how to recognize and check in with mental health concerns, as well as the strategies their parents and caregivers should use to stay connected to kids’ mental health.
Episode 3: Media Influence on Mental Health
Colorado youth discuss media and the impact on a young person’s mental health. This episode dives into the focus of 2019’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Suicide Prevention: Strategies that Work.
Episode 4: Role Models & Resources for Mental Health
Colorado youth speak out about the mental health landscape in the fourth and final episode of this series. Kids talk about stigma around mental health, advocating for better mental health in Colorado communities and the best resources for kids. Parents and adults learn where to get help if their child needs mental health resources.